Sheringham churches unite for Carnival Praise
2012 : Sheringham churches will all be taking part in the united Carnival Praise promenade service on Sunday July 29, and hundreds of people are expected to join in. Tony Rothe reports.
The united service is held each year on the first Sunday of Carnival Week, primarily to praise and worship God. In the service the local churches ask God's blessing upon not only the forthcoming Carnival Week but also the town of Sheringham. It is a celebration of Sheringham as a seaside town, a place of community living for locals and a place of welcome and hospitality for visitors and holiday makers.
“It is an opportunity to give thanks for the many blessings Sheringham has received over many years and a time to pray for success in bringing people together in the spirit of 'Carnival'” said Rev Christian Heycocks, vicar of St Peter’s church.
The Salvation Army Band will lead the music and representatives from all 'Churches Together' communities in Sheringham take part and help lead the worship. It is also attended by many holiday makers and, of course, the wider local community. Around 200 people are expected to attend, but numbers have been known to exceed 300.
A local Christian said “Joining a crowd of people worshipping God on a warm summer’s evening with the backdrop of the sun setting over the sea, is quite a spiritual experience”
This much anticipated annual united service starts at 7.30pm on the section of promenade near the Two Lifeboats pub. In the event of serious rain, worshippers will retreat to St Peter’s church.
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